pāretēnia

pāretēnia,

1. v.i., n. (Be) a virgin.

E nui te paretenia, e e tamaiti tana e anau.
A virgin will be pregnant and give birth to a son (Is. 7.14);

‘E tamā‘ine pāretēnia ‘oki ‘aia.
She is indeed a virgin;

Tē pāretēnia nei rāi.
She is still a virgin.

2. n. Nun.

Tē ‘aerē ra te au pāretēnia ki te oriori ‘aere.
The nuns are going for a walk;

Kua ‘aere tāna tamā‘ine ki te ‘āpi‘i pāretēnia.
His daughter has gone to train to be a nun.
[Gk parthenia.]

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